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Manotick’s Mary Simon reflects on her first year as Canada’s G-G By Charlie Senack

It’s been one year since longtime Manotick resident Mary Simon has become Governor General of Canada. As the first Indiginous person to serve in the role, she’s written a letter to Canadians expressing gratitude for the position. Simon said that in the first few weeks on the job, she was “deeply moved” by the countless Canadians who reached out expressing their concerns and aspirations for the country. Canada has recently had to face its dark past, with the discovery of unmarked graves at countless former residential school sites. As of September 2021, over 4,100 children were documented as having died while in the system, a number which in reality is much higher. Those thou-

sands of children never made it home to their families, who were oftentimes left without answers. Simon has spent much of the last year focusing on healing and reconciliation. “I have been engaged in other turning points in Canada’s history, including the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the 2008 Apology for Residential Schools and, in 2010, as an honorary witness with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” wrote Simon. ‘Thinking back on those moments, they had a few things in common: an acknowledgment of outcomes from past chapters in our history; an earnest determination to bridge divides; and a call for a commitment to tackle consequential nation-building issues.”


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Mary Simon recently celebrated her first Canada Day as Canada’s Governor General.

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Kars celebrates 200 years; Global VegRun a local success There is no doubt that the highlight of July has been the opportunity to get together and celebrate at community events. At all of these community events, we have been given the opportunity to see friends and neighbours that, in some cases, we had not see in two or three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these wonderful events was the 200th Anniversary of the Village of Kars. I volunteered at the pancake breakfast that kicked off the event, and it gave me the chance to meet many constituents while also saying hello to others I had not seen in a long time. Many people offered congratulations to me for being re-elected last month. I cannot tell you how truly humbling that is, and how deeply appreciative I am for the support I have received throughout the riding. It is

a great motivator for me to work hard for everyone in Carleton both here and at Queen’s Park. The 200th anniversary gave all of us the opportunity learn about the village, originally known as Wellington, that is more than a half century older than Canada itself. My staff and I were at the fairgrounds in the morning before moving over to Trinity United Church. The organizers and volunteers deserve a huge thanks from everyone for making the celebration one that all area residents will remember. The anniversary of Kars was not the only big event on Sat., July 16.

Also that day, I was a guest for the inaugural Global VegRun and tree planting ceremony at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Richmond. It was a wonderful celebration and I was honoured to be there in an official capacity representing Premier Ford and the Government of Ontario. One of the big surprises of the day was the announcement that the current building housing the temple will eventually become a basketball court and community centre. The new temple will be built on the large property on Franktown Road just west of Richmond. The current temple will be repurposed and turned into something that everyone in the community – particularly the youth – will be able to use and enjoy.


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Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari takes part in the tree planting ceremony during the Global VegRun at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Richmond.


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MANOTICK MESSENGER Goldie continues from page 2 I also want to extend thanks and congratulations to the Manotick Polo Club. They hosted a special event on the afternoon of July 16 at the Manotick Polo Grounds, located on Bankfield Road near the Highway 416 interchange. The club held its first ever women’s polo event, which was a huge success. VACCINE UPDATE There was big vaccine news on two fronts last week.

Ontario residents who are 18 years of age or older have been approved for a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, the second booster was only available for those 60 and older. Also, Health Canada has approved the paediatric Moderna vaccine for children between six months to five years old. This is fantastic news for

Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari met and greeted local residents during the Kars 200th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast.

Ontario families. Ontario has received its paediatric supply from the federal government and is ready to distribute the vaccines to sites across the province so we can begin to administer doses with the support of our local partners. Parents can start booking vaccines for their children aged six months to five years at 8 a.m. on Thurs., July 28. Another piece of good news is that immunocompromised youth aged 12-17 are now eligible for their second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. OFFICE NOTICE: My office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. My staff and I will be happy to assist. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office. Goldie Your voice at Queen’s Park

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simon continues from page 1 Calling these “signature moments for our county”, Simon said they called on all Canadians to look within and figure out what can we do better and how. Now sitting as Governor General, these are questions she continues to ask herself, along with how her involvement can move things forward. “In the early days of my appointment, I sought guidance from people of diverse backgrounds on how I could answer this question,’’ the first Indignous Governor General wrote. “They encouraged me to use my voice to amplify issues and bring them to the attention of decision makers at all levels. I can do this by asking important and honest questions, inviting necessary conversations, connecting change makers, listening, learning and building on successes, large and small.


My position has limits. I cannot make policy or create programs. However, I can use my convening role to help build alliances that can promote change.” When she was sworn in, Simon said her priorities were to focus on reconciliation, mental health, nature and the environment, while also focusing on climate change, education, youth, and diversity. Simon says reconciliation is not a destination, rather a path of migration. “Reconciliation is not achieved as a project, but rather as a societal shift,” she said. “That migration includes conversations that are courageous, honest and often spoken of as essential to healing. Reconciliation is about the relationships we build and sustain: relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, relationships be-

tween generations and relationships with our land and waters.” Simon recently met with Pope Francis who was visiting Canada to recognize the role the Catholic Church played in residential schools. On Sunday, July 24, Simon greeted Pope Francis at the airport in Edmonton. The following day, she joined the pope who addressed Indiginous people following his visit to a cemetery at the site of a former residential school. Simon was born in the Arctic, where she says the relationship with the land and the natural world was integral to their well-being. Throughout the last year she’s also come to understand the importance her role has in connecting and remembering, such as during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the

Unknown Soldier. “What has impressed me this year during my visits with Canadians is the quality and range of leadership I see at work,” said Simon. ‘I have often thought that we sometimes think too narrowly about leadership. It does not rest solely with elected officials, the business community and civil society leaders, though they are essential. Thankfully, in small community halls, school gyms, Royal Canadian Legions, places of worship and in thousands of community service organizations, there are ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things. There is also an incoming generation of leaders whose voices I hear from coast to coast to coast. They are faced with global issues of a scale we have not seen before, and I am inspired by their fearless determination to tackle these challenges.”

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RVCA seeks public’s help in funding new pedestrian bridge By Charlie Senack The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is looking for the public’s help to fund an accessible bridge for the Chapman Mills Conservation Area. Located next to the Vimy Bridge along the Rideau River, the urban oasis is 23 acres in size and includes a 1.5 kilometre walking trail. Home to two fish habitat compensation projects, the site also features a canoe launching dock, which is popular with the locals. The conservation area opened in the early 2000’s and has worked over the years to upgrade and replace their aging infrastructure. The new, state-of-theart accessible pedestrian bridge is one of the last improvements they need to make. “As you can imagine, the communities around Chapman Mills continue to

grow, and the use certainly, with the pandemic even, has expanded use of the site,” said Diane Downey, director of communications at RVCA. “All of our bridges have been slowly getting replaced from more old fashioned wooden, narrow bridges, to these steel framed, wide, accessible, long lasting engineered bridges that have that longevity for that terrain and wet environment,” she added. “But it unfortunately means there is a big cost when you install it at the onset.” That cost is around $300,000 total, with construction expected to start hopefully this fall or early next spring. It’s all part of a plan to make conservation areas across the city more accessible to those with mobility issues. “I think there has really

been a movement within our own world, the conservation authority and in turn the foundation, with this real awareness to make accessible outdoor space as much as possible,” said Downey. “We have been doing a lot of work with the ‘Nature For All’ committee which has really been focused on bringing improvements to some of our trails and bridges. We have been doing a lot of learning about what that means and what we can bring to optimize peoples experiences in nature and in natural settings.” Donations can be made on A sign with information on how to donate is also located along the Chapman Mills Conservation Area trail. Downey says charitable tax receipts will be given to donors, and says the RVCA is thankful for any support they receive.

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Each Canadian owes $56,000 in government debt

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I love camping. their pitbulls get whipped into a frenzy I love camping spots in provincial while metal music detonates from their parks. I love being in a 10-by-16-foot pup tent until about three-days-frompiece of tranquility in the woods. now o’clock. fromI love the banging of the outhouse Page 6, Manotick Messenger, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 I love when you get white trash neighthe theirother door at 3 a.m., and then I love how the Fifty-six thousand dollars. That’s the average amount each Canadian will owe in prov- bours in the next camping spot with chewed-up toddler toys and smell from the outhouse incial and federal government debt by the end of the year. their plastic bags of soiled just sort of eases over Much of this debt will likely be shovelled onto the backs of Canadians’ kids and grandOur Cdiapers Ommunity and their empty to our pop-up and wraps kids. But the debt isn’t just a problem for tomorrow; it’s impacting Canadians right now. stubbies of Molson Canitself gently around our Despite promising not to tax his way out of his deficits, the Trudeau government recentMessenger Editorial adian and the rest of their nostrils and massages ly increased the carbon tax, booze and payroll taxes. If you’re making more than $40,000 trash spilling over into my them. then your federal tax billmore will increase this year. Are you Canadian site. I love the wrestling Trudeau’s two pandemic budgets also contain a raft of new taxes such as luxury goods I love the part where the match I have at 3 a.m. than a fifth taxes, a tax on foreigners that owngrader? vacant homes, an anti-flipping tax and higher taxes on kids roll their eyes and groan with the sticky, squeaky, Day approaching next week, is a good for If us the all toTrudeau government wasn’t borbanksWith andCanada insurance companies thatitpush uptime fees. impatiently as they watch me fail at the air mattress that is getting softer by the reflect on what it means to be Canadian. rowing much seemingly simple task of unhitching the hour as I try to roll over. That’s usually Do so we take beingmoney, Canadian it forwould granted? have more room to lower taxes to ease the rising cost of living.Better yet, how do new Canadians feel about being Canadian? Some of us pop-up trailer from the back of the car. the time that I am completely out of the look upon immigrants and refugees as opportunists, not wanting to give but A report Ministry the Environment includes a recommendation for a new I love the part that comes next when I sticky and sweaty sleeping bag and am very willing from to take.the Perhaps, for someofpeople, that is true, but when you a celebration for new Canadians, such as the one hosted by Nepeantax attend on trucks that could cost between $1,000 and $4,000 per vehicle. The government have to act nice and friendly to the white perspiring out every drip of sodium that Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven last month, you can see excitement and in the eyes of every a new home equity tax, while spent hundreds ofthethousands ontheathankfulness study that recommends trash people as I ask them for help with laced the sausages I barbecued at dinner new Canadian. the pop-up trailer. Even though the guy time. Trudeau’s staff met twice with the group that received federal funding to study the tax. They understand, perhaps better than all of us, what it means to be Canadian. comes out half loaded with a cigarette I love how that sodium sweat has atTaxpayers also need to worry about the agreement between the federal Liberals and the So how can the rest of us have that feeling? Bev McRae photo dangling out of the corner of his mouth tracted every mosquito east of West Nile. New The Democrats. NDPhas promised ConservativeThe government a solid raise nearly every tax under the sun during the last At the school’s 50th Anniversary Party, Manotick Co-operative Nursery School honoured its longest-servJason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism andwhich canned spaghetti on his Giant I love when the mosquitoes get inside ing teacher/volunteer with a memorial garden bench, will be installed with a plaquestains in the school’s election, including hikingofincome taxes, business taxes, and capital gains taxes, along with and Andrew Cohen, President the Historica-Dominion Institute, are chalplayground. Left to right, MCNS Director Sandy Erler and June Hodge celebrate June’s 29 undershirt, years as a supTiger white tank top he still your ear and buzz around, kind of like lenging middle and high school students to take the citizenship test. imposing a wealth tax, excess profits tax, luxury tax and a taxplyonteacher, foreign home buyers. teacher and volunteer. The Canadian Citizenship Challenge, funded in part by CIC and run by the gets it done in about 15 seconds. I thank little Luke Skywalker mosquitos in their Government debt alsowilldirectly fuels whenthethe feds use the printing press to Historica-Dominion Institute, see students studyinflation Discover Canada: him and he gives his wife that can’t- Red 5’s going into the death star. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship and then take a mock citizenship finance deficits. That’s because the more dollars the central bank prints, the less your doltest. Sometimes it’s best just to say nil I love being woken up 20 minutes “ThisDuring will be a fun for students to learn about Canada feel proud lars buy. theway pandemic, the central bankandprinted more than $300 billion out of thin believe-we’re-next-to-this-loser-for-theI’m finding myself at one of those bizarre crosswonder about things like how come “underneath” is of our shared history and accomplishments,” said Minister Kenney. “As we next-three-days look. after that by three raccoons growling and air largely federal government debt.what it is roads where everything I love about sports is about a word but no one ever says “overneath” when the learn aboutby ourpurchasing past and the people and events that made Canada I love the part of camping where I wheezing as they have what seems like a to collide with a large swatch of the population workdiscussion pulled me back into soccer. today, weborrowing become more proud be Canadian. We money are inspiredwasted to see how More also tomeans more onweinterest charges. This year, intering diligently to grate my nerves. “Chelsea is campfire, learning so much by watching the choke on can defend our rights and live up to our responsibilities and we feel much make the and then fight to the death over a half-eaten bag this whole World Cupmore thing. Don’t est charges onhow federal provincial government debt will costIt’seach Canadian thanyou find World Cup,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “We are more strongly valuableand it is to be a citizen of Canada.” thestudying smoke frombefore thethe wet firewood sold of Old Dutch potato chips that the white that people are just a little too into it? each country game. She has “Our schools need to be training our young people to become the citizens $1,000. I found myself in line in front of two nouveau really become a fan of Arr-hayne-TEE-na, and she of tomorrow. Citizenship is not only about new Canadians, it’s about all to us at even-more-extortionist-thantrash people left on their picnic table soccer fan moms even wants us to go there on our Canadians, young and old,” said Andrew Cohen. “The Canadian When politicians aren’t forced to balance the Citizenship budget, they are less likely atto Your put every stadium-concession-stand Independent Grocer the other day. vacation next year. Perhaps we prices by the overnight. Hey jackass, why not leave Challenge will encourage students to learn more about what it means to be FROM penny of spending under the microscope. From $11 millionI was spent kindrenovating of in my own the little prime can even go to Brrra-seeel.” Canadian and then put that knowledge to the test.” perky provincial park summer students out burgers and squirt them with honey? THE mental world in the checkout line, That caught my attention. Startingcountry this summer, the Historica-Dominion will on be encouraging minister’s retreat to spendingInstitute $8,800 a sex toy show in the Germany, on named EmilyArr-hayne-TEE-na? scanning tabloid and$80,000 maga- OTHER or Meghan or Emily or That way we could have bears come and more than 5,000 middle and high school teachers to register their classrooms covers and wondering what you kidding me? for the food Challenge. Each aclassroom will receive a set of the new$295 citizenship airplane during week-long trip and giving millionzine to the Ford Motor Company, SIDEmaybe even Are Meghan. I onelove fight at our site, too. Justin Bieber’s first major scandal The other mom – the with how the along with specially designed learning activities. The teacher will also By Jeffrey the guide, feds are wasting a lot of money that would be better spent by the Canadians who are would be. I was just about to rethe Birkenstocks –notice piped in. how perfect receive copies of a mock citizenship exam. Students will take the citizenship kids always seem to I love waking up to the cackling and Morris enter the world after some quality “They are a wonderful football exam as a class and the teachers will return the completed exams to the being overtaxed. the white trash people’s is. Then the screeching of birds about two hours later. time on Planet Jeff and launch nation,” she said. “Myfire husband, Dominion Institute for grading. into my weekly way-to-reward-your-customers-byof course, wears guy the azure and cheers for Italia, Canadians have tens of Dominion thousands of dollars to pay their politicians’ white Results will don’t be announced by the Institute on Flag lying Day around trash gives me thatbutlook again, I love waking up and looking out the curcharging-us-five-cents-per-bag-and-claiming-it’s- Zachary’s favourite team has been MAY-heee-co. (February 15) each year for the next three years. For more information about credit card bills. Politicians need to find savings before taxpayers get clobbered. like the reason my fire sucks is because I tainless window and realizing that my to-save-the-environment rant when I unexpectedly They did a school project on MAY-heee-co last year the Challenge please visit the Historica-Dominion Institute website at locked in on the conversation behind me. andahevasectomy has even insisted thatand we go to outdidn’t. to eat and had he big, pale, sweaty, mosquito-bitten body “I wish some of the stores would carry the watch the games when they are playing.” CIC’s multiculturalism grants and contributions program will be investing Franco is the Federal ofcivic thepride Canadian Taxpayers Federation. the part where we go to the is on display for all of the weirdo morvuvuzela horns so that we could bring them to I I love bit my tongue. $525,171 inTerrazzano this 32 month project which promotesDirector civic memory, Chelsea’s games,” said the mom who was wearing In an effort to keep my blood pressure down, I andTroy integration. provincial park tuck shop and Emily or ning people on their nature walks to see. © Media Crocs. looked out the big window at the big parking lot “Oh, I know,” said the one wearing Birkenstocks. and scoped itor out, Meghan looking for a puppy bird or Meghan oror aEmily sells us I love looking out the window and “Zachary has a tournament next weekend and it anything that would pry my mind out of the shackJiffy Pop popcorn to cook over the fire. seeing the white trash kid with his eyes would have been so in the spirit of the World Cup to les that these two soccer moms had put me in with have all of us blowing our vuvuzela horns. They lost their conversation. I mean, come on. Seriously. Has anyone way too close together and his upper lip two-nil and then three-nil. They need all of the supA busload of seniors from a nearby retirement ever Jiffy Pop to were work curled sneering at me while I wonder if port they can get.” homegot had pulled up and passengers gettingright when Nil? Who says nil? Really. off.cook I was trying to, in myahead, name all of their you it over campfire? I love shakhe is going to throw that rock he is hold“Oh, I know,” said the mom wearing Crocs. “The walkers as an escape. 1165 Beaverwood Rd., P.O. Box 567, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5 ing the Jiffy Pop and trying not to singe ing at me. horns are such a beautiful part of the South African Unfortunately, they pulled me back in. culture.” “My cousin while lives in Australia, and heand was devasmy hands I cuss lose my temI love how everyone over the age of The Manotick Messenger is published every Wednesday in Manotick, Ontario. 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ball. I also enjoy traveling turned to coaching. It has and learning about different given me an opportunity to locations and cultures. I’ve continue in the sport, even a difference in my travelled toschool, many places though can 2022 no longer par-7 FRIDAY, JulyI 29, Page and to get a different perand I find it very interticipate in it.” spective on all aspects of every culture theesting school. I how was a cheerleader 10 years, traditions but I has forunique and Career Goals: “After could no longer continue subcultures. My favourite high school I hope to go to due to concussions, so I place is Norway, university somewhere near turned to coaching. It has because line do with the processing industry, for in exgiven mehas an opportunity there isanything suchto tobeautiful east coast; hopefully continue in theforces” sport, even “market in a country suppos- kinesiology. ample, capitalism ceases to places all over the My top choice though I can no longer paredly market? In schools keep prices stable because and incompetitive amazing hiking. The are University of ticipate it.” reality, free-market capitalthe lack of competition next location I wish to trav- New Brunswick in St. John,alCareerhasn’t Goals: existed “After ism in this lows industry to gouge at el school to is IIceland, because it’s and Dalhousie in Halifax. high hope to go to country for years. will. To fixI the we a verysomewhere open country, with After that, hopeproblem, to pursue university near thevery east hopefully in was If coast; Charlebois ser- aneed to rein in theseathletic corporkind citizens, and lots career in either kinesiology. My top choice to see.” or education.” ious about fixing ate greedheads and stop tryschools are University of inflation therapy, in Brunswick the foodin St. industry, instead ing to blame Canada’s farmNew John, and in Halifax. Why did you in- ers for inflation. of Dalhousie attacking dairygetfarmAfter that, I hope to pursue numerous volved in what you do? heinwould be going after After Thesuffering fact is that Canada’s a ers career either athletic Melita Wyche “I got involved Student concussions, therapy, or education.” the problem of incorporate farmers are front-line victims to coaching. Council because I sawproit turned concentration in food of inflation, not the creators PHILL POTTER PHOTO as suffering an opportunity to make cessing. When a handful of of it. After numerous concussions, Melita Wyche huge multinational companAndy Braid turned to coaching. ies control entire meat Kars, ON PHILL POTTERthe PHOTO

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Charlebois’ position on Canada’s dairy industry is sheer hypocrisy The Editor, It’s always great to read yet another Sylvain Charlebois editorial in the Manotick Messenger! For those who may not be aware, Mr. Charlebois is a professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University with an uncanny knack for parroting the Conservative Party line on any topic he ever comments on. True to form, in the last issue of the Messenger he took his cat-o’nine-tails to one of the Party’s

favourite whipping boys— supply management in the dairy industry. Charlebois was practically seething with rage that “the Dairy Farmers of Canada, one of the most powerful lobby groups in the country” would have the audacity to request a 2.5% midyear increase after having received an 8.4% increase in February. Of course, as Charlebois mentions in his editorial, food inflation hit a record 9.7% in May, so the request by the Dairy Farmers

Couple very happy with Messenger reporting on LeBreton resignation The Editor, Thank you for reporting on the resignation of Marjory LeBreton from the Carleton Conservative Riding Association. What

she says is exactly how we are feeling. Kudos to Marjory for bringing these thoughts to the public attention. Stuart and Marguerite Rogers

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MVCA has been working behind the scenes on ongoing initiatives

Summer has finally arrived in Manotick. School is out. Time to enjoy all the amenities of our community. From Dickinson Days to City Sounds in Mill Street Park (been there, done it, LOVED it!), to the upcoming Company of Fools performance, Allan Haan Manotick Soap Box Derby and Picnic in the Park to the Taste of Manotick, there is much for many of all ages to participate in and experience. While summer is a time for most to kick back, your Board has been busy continuing to work behind the scenes on ongoing initiatives such as the Transportation Master Plan. And, with municipal elections looming in October, we are reaching out to prospective candidates to plan another All Candidates Meeting.

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senting the Manotick Village and Community Association Award to two students who have distinguished themselves through their volunteer involvement and support of community events. Our 2022 recipients are Charlotte Bodger, St. Mark High School and Annika Klassen, South Carleton High School. Charlotte’s volunteer activities are well known in Manotick. Not only is she a dancer at Danielle’s Highland Dance Academy (DHDA), but she has also helped DHDA organize parades in Manotick and performed dance routines at Manotick seniors’ homes. Her dedication to volunteer extends well beyond her required hours through DHDA,

CHEO sick kids, the Manotick Haunted House and the Manotick Fire Station earning her the trust of her teachers and staff of St. Mark. Congratulations Charlotte – well done! Annika’s volunteer activities include working with her church at Manotick’s Dickinson Days, helping to sort food at the local food bank with her hockey team and decorating cookies at our local Tim Horton’s. Annika has also volunteered to help with the Osgoode Richmond Romans hockey tryouts, assisted with running a camp at Knox Presbyterian Church and helped younger girls on ice with Nepean Girl’s Hockey Association (NGHA). Annika maintained an honour standing in her final year and is dedicated to con-

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Liam Maguire pays tribute to retired OPP Officer Ian McCurdie By Liam Maguire The ‘692’ is hit with a huge loss. Manotick and the surrounding communities loses one of its long arms of the law. Retired OPP officer Ian McCurdie passes away at 81 years of age. With his unique diction, razor like wit, a sarcastic sense of humour and the king of the comebacks, Ian McCurdie left a tremendous legacy as a 31 year OPP officer meting out justice, cleaning up criminal activity and dealing with the youth – or not so young – of a growing village and community. He left a much larger footprint as a husband to his amazing wife of 58 years, Sheila McCurdie (nee Moodie) his two great boys and dear friends of mine, Glen and Greg and their families. To all of them I offer heartfelt condolences on the passing of a true patriarch. Ian’s obituary lists his postings as White River, Bells Corners and Manotick. It’s improbable to think of his time in any of the three having a larger impact anywhere else other than right in the ‘Tick and area. Of that, I can speak personally. I first knew of Ian as the father of two up and coming minor hockey players. As I’ve written many times when you grow up in small communities you get to know everybody. The boys were solid players, it was known their father was a police officer and later it was known their mother was a Moodie,

daughter of the late Douglas Aubrey Moodie, more commonly known as D. Aubrey Moodie, the father of Nepean who has a school and a welltraveled road in the south west end of the city named after him. I never met Mr. Moodie. But I did meet Ian McCurdie…oh yes….I certainly did. There is a history of some level of local law enforcement going back decades in Manotick. Years ago there were police officers who stayed above the Tea Room. But it was in the 1970s when a formal OPP detachment opened across from the Mews plaza that the officers stationed there became so well known to many. Names like Arno Giek, Pete Carisse, Doug Sorgat, and Nancy Onluck among others were not only officers assigned to serve in our community, they became part of our community. None more so than Ian McCurdie. My own interactions with Ian in those days were quite common place. Some professional, most not but as you would expect in a small town the local police were they to help in more ways than one. The arrival of a breathalyzer in Manotick in the late 70s caused quite a stir. It was hard to conceptualize that a device could measure the alcohol on your breath. This would lead to one of my first exchanges with Ian as a few of us ventured into the station after a night at Tommy’s Pizza to give it a whirl. ‘Liam, if you pass this I’ll eat my gun.’

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We always enjoyed reminiscing about that night over the years. The Manotick Legion was the scene of one of Ian’s most judicial duties ever as a grudge match pool game between two rivals had led to quite a few dollars being wagered between the men not including side bets. Things had gotten so contentious that not only was Ian asked to hang around for the game but seeing as he was a police officer, ‘could he hold the money.’ I mean, you have to chuckle at the sight of it all. Tell you what though, that was a hell of a night. The 80s were filled with Grey Cup trips, Dickenson Day weekends, and sometimes other social events where we’d gather and those days led into the stags and weddings as many of us started getting married. I remember standing with him by the bar at Glen and Julie’s stag, definitely one of the larger events in our community ever and as we surveyed the sea of bodies and full party rocking before us – without looking at each other I simple said, ‘shift changes still at 4am Ian?’ ‘Yes…Liam,’ as a wry smile crossed his lips and he softly shook his head. (Note; everybody in the area knew that the overnight police shift in our area ended at 4am. Always a good time to have that last coffee and head ‘er home) I attended the wake for Ian and as anyone who knows him can imagine it was a sea of familiar faces. As we said

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We have all heard of Colonel By, but do we know who he is?

They say you should know where you’ve been to know where you’re going. As a naturally curious person, I’ve decided to dig into our history to do just that. Through a summer series, I’ll bring you along as I unearth the stories behind the buildings, people, and communities that make up our area. You’ve heard of Colonel By, right? But do you really know who he is? If you’ve spent time in Ottawa, it’s hard to escape the name. From street signs to high schools, and even a nod to the Colonel in the naming of the ByWard Market, his legacy is all around. Lieutenant-Colonel John By trained in England as a military engineer. Using this knowledge, he worked on the first set of small locks on the St. Lawrence River and even contributed to the fortifications of Québec City. During his next stay in Canada, the now

semi-retired Colonel By supervised the construction of the 200 km long Rideau Canal waterway. The building of this large system brought workers from all around and the work spanned areas that were mostly wild and uninhabited along the Ottawa River Valley. As one of his first tasks, Colonel By laid out the streets of Bytown, a pattern that mostly exists today, to house workers and labourers. This self-contained area would eventually become Canada’s capital. With about 50 dams and 47 locks to build, I can only imagine that a project of this magnitude would have been made so much easier

with a little modern equipment. Nonetheless, with the support of industrious workers and tradespeople, the project was completed in just five years. It did, however, incur huge cost overruns (something we’re all too familiar with), and would become a political scandal. Here’s the part of the story most don’t know: Soon after the opening of the canal in 1832, Colonel By was recalled to London to face a British Parliamentary inquiry where he was accused of mismanagement and spending improprieties. Despite having approval for the large expensive canal project, the original orders were vague and poorly communicated between By in Canada, the British Ordnance and Parliament in Great Britain. The Rideau Canal would become the most expensive militaryfinanced public works project undertaken in any

British colony in the 19th century. Eventually, the parliamentary committee did exonerate him, but the damage was done, and it destroyed him. He was retired and never received a formal commendation for his great achievement on the canal. Nowadays, we widely recognize the building of the Rideau Canal and Colonel By’s contributions as an engineering triumph. I can only imagine that the Rideau Canal waterway would far exceed even his wildest dreams. Now, tourists flock to the area, paddling and skating along it, boating out on new adventures, and so much more. So, next time you drive down Colonel By Drive or see a school named after him, remember this: behind every name there is a story. Carol Anne Meehan Councillor Gloucester South-Nepean

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OPS reports crime levels slightly on the rise in rural villages Crime levels in Manotick, Richmond, and nearby villages are slightly on the rise, according to new data provided by Ottawa Police. The report on City of Ottawa crime trends was released at the Ottawa Police Service Board meeting on Monday, June 27. Osgoode Ward In Osgode ward, crime was up 14.9 per cent in 2021, with an 18 per cent increase in violent crime. There were 91 crimes against a person committed in the ward, a 21.3 per cent increase compared to 2020. Crimes against property were up 19.2 per cent with 366 incidents reported. Excluding traffic, there were 481 Criminal Code of Canada offences in 2021, an 18.2 per cent increase. Assaults against a person were up 12.8 per cent, with 44 incidents reported. Sexual violations however were down 40 per cent with six incidents reported. Criminal harassment was up 500 per cent, but only six cases were reported in 2021 compared to one in 2020. There were 91 total crimes reported against a person, which was a 21.3 increase compared to 2020. Arson in the ward was down 63 per cent with three incidents reported in Osgoode. Break and enters were up48 per cent with 49 incidents reported. Their were 120 incidents of theft under $5,000, and 11 over that amount. Mischief was down 23 per cent with 66 incidents, but fraud was up 14 per cent with 99 incidents. Feeling of safety in the

ward was listed at 95 per cent during the day and 90 per cent after dark, both above the city ward average. Rideau-Goulbourn In Rideau-Goulbourn the crime rate was only slightly higher with a 4.7 per cent increase, and violent crime was up 13.5 per cent. Crimes against a person were up 18.3 per cent with 97 incidents reported. Crimes against property were up 9.9 per cent with 300 incidents reported. In total there were 419 Criminal Code of Canada offences (excluding traffic), a 9.1 per cent increase compared to 2020. Sexual violations were up 72.7 per cent with 19 incidents reported in 2021, compared to 11 in 2020. Their were 97 total crimes committed against a person, resulting in an 18.3 per cent jump last year. Arson cases were down 57 per cent with only three incidents reported in 2021. Break and enter was up 50 per cent with 42 incidents reported. Theft of a motor vehicle was up 222 per cent with 29 incidents in 2021, compared to nine in 2020. There were 79 cases of theft under $5,000 and 14 for above $5,000. Total crimes against property were up 9.9 per cent with 300 reported. There were no Drug and Substance Act offences reported in RideauGoulbourn in 2020 or 2021. Feeling of safety in the ward sits at 96 per cent during the day and 87 per cent after dark. GloucesterSouth Nepean In the neighboring

ward of Gloucester-South Nepean, key most crime trends are still rising, but not by as much. key crime trends in ward 22 (including traffic offences) were up 17.4 per cent in 2021. That included a 23.8 per cent rise in crimes against a person, with 187 crimes reported that year. Crimes against property rose 18.5 per cent with 840 reported in 2021, compared to 709 in 2020. Crimes against a person rose 23.8 per cent in Gloucester-South Nepean in 2021, with 187 reported. That included a 39.9 per cent increase in assaults, rising to 89 in 2021 compared to 65 in 2020. Crimes against property were up 18.5 per cent in ward 22 last year, with 840 reported. There were three crimes of arson reported compared to only one in 2020, which shows a 300 per cent increase. Break and enters were however down 24 per cent with 41 in 2021 compared to 54 in 2020. Eight crimes of theft over $5,000 were reported along with 384 for under $5,000. Other Criminal Code of Canada crimes were down 3.1 per cent in 2021, with 63 reported that year compared to 65 in 2020. Indecent acts however rose 300 per cent going from two crimes in 2020 to eight in 2021. In 2021 Ottawa Police recorded a record-breaking 82 shootings, and 80 crime guns were seized to address street violence in the capital. While Barrhaven ward reported the biggest crime jump, Innes ward saw an 8.8 per cent decrease.

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And the winner of the Home Hardware and Manotick Kiwanis draw for a Webber BBQ is Cathy Crilly. The photo shows, from left to right, Ed and Cathy Crilly, Adam McCosham, Home Hardware and Debbie Mulvihill, President of the Manotick Kiwanis. The money raised for the Ukraine relief throughout Dickinson Days was over $3,000. We thank the community of Manotick and Ottawa for their generous donations at the Dickinson Days weekend at the parade, the pancake breakfast, the sale of tickets for the BBQ and the Sunday BBQ at the Home Hardware.

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COVID levels higher than during the January Omicron wave We are, unfortunately, back into some discouraging numbers when it comes to COVID-19. As such, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some comments from our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches. The following comments are her words taken from a Special Statement from July 21: “Thank you, Ottawa, for your ongoing support and efforts as we tackle yet another wave of COVID-19 in our community. Recently, the province announced that children aged six months to under five years will be able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday next week and immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 are now eligible for a second booster. We welcome this news, another great step forward in protecting our community and minimizing the impacts of COVID-19 on families, particularly during this latest resurgence. “I am concerned about this current wave. We are noting very high levels of COVID-19 in our wastewater and week after week this has been increasing. Our test percent positivity is also very high and increasing and our COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed outbreaks are both increasing as well. This is indicative that the level of COVID-19 is very high in Ottawa right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.

WARD 21 REPORT by Councillor Scott Moffatt

“We know that Omicron and its sub-variants are much more transmissible. We also need to remember that we cannot rely on immunity alone to protect us. The newer Omicron subvariants are different, and even people who previously had COVID-19 earlier this year could be susceptible to reinfection. “Individually and collectively, now is the time to reassess and adapt our behaviours to the levels of COVID-19 in the community. This is an important skill we will all need as we head into the fall. Wearing masks indoors and outdoors in crowded spaces, staying home when sick, getting booster doses, and minimizing contacts during periods of high transmission in the community are all behaviours that will help us, our families, and our loved ones. Individual actions help influence community impact. For Ottawa residents who continue to use layers of protection, thank you for leading by example. We all need to continue to assess our risk and the risk of those around us, particularly during this resurgence. “The pandemic is far from over. The warm weather has brought some much-needed respite from those hectic winter months,

but now is not the time to let our guard down. Despite not seeing rates of severe illness and hospitalizations climbing as quickly as with previous waves, we need to remain mindful of the effects of COVID-19 on older adults, those with chronic health conditions, those who remain unvaccinated, and those who are immunocompromised. Among older adults, those aged 60 and over remain at high risk for severe illness and complications from COVID-19, yet over 25,000 Ottawa residents over the age of 60 have yet to access their third dose (first booster), and over 88,000 still require their fourth dose (second booster). “Nearly 900,000 Ottawa residents have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 600,000 have received their booster dose. I thank you for doing your part to help protect the community and in the face of Omicron and its sub-variants, we know two doses are not enough. Now is the time to get your booster dose if you have yet to do so. “Together we can make a difference on the impact of COVID-19 in our community. The decisions we make today will help us all tomorrow.” Vacant Unit Tax The City has a new online questionnaire on where residents can find out whether their residential property could be subject to the

new Vacant Unit Tax on the 2023 final property tax bill. The questionnaire is easy to use and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. The number of questions on your current property occupancy status will vary between two and five questions, depending on what answer you select. Between January and March 2023, all property owners will be required to complete a mandatory declaration online on or through MyServiceOttawa. The declaration will take less than five minutes to complete and will be based on your property occupancy status during the 2022 calendar year. It will be an annual requirement. The Vacant Unit Tax

could be subjected to secondary residential properties that have not been occupied for more than 184 days and do not meet any of the exemptions, which include: • Death of a registered owner • Property owner in a hospital or long-term care facility • Arm’s length sale of the property • Specific court orders prohibiting occupancy, sale, or rental of the property • The property was undergoing extended renovations or construction Was used as a cot• tage rental with a valid permit for at least 100 days This new tax serves as an incentive to ensure

secondary or other residential investment properties – which are not the owner’s principal residence – remain occupied either through renting or placing it on the real estate market. Vacant Unit Tax revenues will help fund affordable housing initiatives, in accordance with the City’s Ten-Year Affordable Housing and Homeless Plan, which commits capital funding for the construction of up to 500 new affordable units annually. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please email me at S c o t t . M o ff a t t @ o t t a w a . ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Ward 21 issues, please visit

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Richmond Scouts make donation to Richmond Legacy Pavilion The Richmond Legacy Community Association is pleased to announce another partner in its fundraising for the construction of a multi functional community pavilion for both public and private events in the Village of Richmond. 1st Richmond Scouts and Venturers were proud to present two large picnic tables to be placed in the new Richmond Community Pavilion. The picnic tables were constructed by our 15 Scouts and Venturers (aged 11-15) over two of our regular Thursday meetings held at St. John’s Church Hall. Total construction time was 4 hours along with 1 hour of sanding and finishing.

Scouters John Sleeth and Paul Flipsen took the lead in the construction project. The youth were learning life skills and donating back to the community at the same time. The materials for the tables were purchased with the help of a generous donation from the Richmond Lions Club. 1st Richmond is an active Scouting Group running weekly programs for Beavers (aged 5-7), Cubs (aged 8-10), Scouts (aged 1114) and Venturers (aged 15-17). For more information on the Richmond Community Pavilion and on how you can contribute please visit

The Richmond Scouts have donated two large picnic tables to the Richmond Legacy pavilion. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Emmett Kennedy, Ethan Goulet, Caleb Viau, Celina Kennedy, and Ellia Huntley. .Back row, left to right, are Scouter Tracey Pick, Scouter John Sleeth, Cydney Green and Maryan Wammes co-chairs of the Richmond Legacy Community Association, and Scouter Mike Kennedy. Missing from the photo are Scouter Paul Flipsen, Scouter Dave Gibson, Scouter Gerry Mercer, Group Commissioner Robin Drummond, Scouts: Joshie Emmett, Gavin Deugo, Cort van Gulik, James Gibson, Nick Gibson, Jaden Mercer, Kodah Cayer, Seder Ryan, and Venturers Noah Pick and Marek Blaszczyk.

Summer is when we notice the beautiful wonders of our environment It is so wonderful to enjoy the warm weather, the gentle breezes of summer in the open air of nature. The rivers, lakes, forests, grasslands and marshes of our country are present not only for our pleasure, but they provide a home for hundreds of species of animals in this region. We are entering a new period in history of un-

THis week,

THIS MONTH by Larry Ellis

precedented change, but one thing remains constant – we must understand the impact of our activities on the en-

vironment. We must work together to ensure a future where Canadians live in harmony with the natural order. What makes Canada? The smile of a child, the hope and faith and a dream, a brighter tomorrow that each dawn brings, the peace and love of family and friends. In the freshness of early morning each blade of grass

and leaf looks like it had been dipped in an icy, green liquid, the choke-cherry’s perfect glassy green serrated leaves may seem too perfect. I’ve often thought that it is natural for rocks to be a kind of gray, having lain under the heavens for so long, they should be gray as if it were some intermediate colour between heaven and earth.

The air is the paint in which they have been dipped and then brushed with the wind. Time makes materials harmonize. We all are called at some time during our lives to pass through some dark nights of sorrow which bring out the virtues shining like stars, hardships in our lives are as necessary as happiness.

Perhaps you have a “favourite” star that you may even “talk” to – a star that you look for each night when the sky is clear! Another day to treasure in the memory, it’s an exciting season; change comes quickly and quietly, the seasons overlap and blend together, so enjoy each one to the fullest.

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Opinion: Where is the attention to community concerns? By David Brown The Public Inquiry into Ottawa’s LRT has uncovered some damning revelations about how the Mayor and senior City staff moved the goal posts to get LRT moving and how it eventually came off the rails. Other than the substantial cost, the constant media coverage and the tendency of the LRT debacle to dominate the collective con-

sciousness, LRT doesn’t impact our daily lives in Ottawa’s rural areas. Yet, the local issues that affect us every day have been pushed to the sideline, forgotten and often ignored. Roads maintenance, new parks for our communities, traffic management, renovation and repairs to local community centers, recreation activities, and so many more- are always top of mind for many, yet bot-

tom of the list for the City. Speaking with residents over the past several weeks, it’s clear that megacity projects are less of a concern when compared to a lack of access to a summer swim camp, a dangerous intersection that needs a traffic light or a desperately needed turning lane at a hazardous intersection, potholes that rattle and shake your car or a street light for a dark stretch of

road. These are the everyday concerns that so many have shared with me. A particularly sore point for many when reaching out to the City to raise these issues is the, unfortunately common, response of no funding and a long list of projects in the queue as an excuse for lack of action. Yet Council doesn’t think twice when another $60 million is needed to top up the slush fund for LRT

or when $332 million is required to move forward with Lansdowne 2.0. There is only so much money to go around, and when this is the case, priority needs to be placed on local projects that positively impact our communities. Not only would spending these funds on local projects instead of big ribbon-cutting photo-ops help improve our communities and living standards, but

they would also ensure the City delivers on what is most important to us. It’s time to focus on local issues, do more to enhance our city services and finally put our tax dollars where our politician’s mouths are- in our communities. Listening to residents is one thing; following up with action is entirely another. David Brown is a candidate for Council in Ward 2

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Young entrepreneur has a passion for the e-commerce industry Name: James Duggan Age: 18 School: St Mark High Grade: Graduated grade 12 in June Parents: Bill Duggan and Grace Kanyawimon Brothers: “I have twin brothers, Justin (14) and Jason (14).


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Both go to St Mark High.” Pet Peeves: “I can’t stand Ticking Clocks, Country Music, and being late.”

Part-time Work: “I used to have two parttime jobs, but since life got busier, from entering my final year of high school, and launching an activewear apparel company, I now just work one job – Freshco at Findlay Creek, Bank St.” Favourite Subjects: “Some of my favourite subjects were Business Leadership, Mentorship, and Fitness. All

these subjects interested me as I could see myself benefiting from the skills learned in these courses.” Greatest Accomplishment: “To this day, one of my greatest accomplishments would be starting my very own e-commerce activewear brand URBN.” Activities/Interests: “I like to work out,

work my part-time job, travel, cook, and learn new things about the ecommerce industry.” Career Goals: “Some of my career goals would be to own businesses in the e-commerce industry, food and beverage industry, and real estate.” St. Mark grad James Duggan has his own activewear brand called URBN. Submitted photo

Group raises concerns over Ottawa’s $57 million Energy Evolution plan Ottawa Wind Concerns says it is deeply concerned over the city’s Energy Evolution plan, which it says contains a lot of measures most people in South Carleton do not know about. North Gower resident Jane Wilson is the Chair of Ottawa Wind Concerns, an incorporated, notfor-profit group, with a membership list of several hundred residents of rural Ottawa communities and other stakeholders. According to the group, rural populations around the world are being affected negatively by policies to eliminate use of oil and natural gas and install expensive, intermittent wind and solar power instead. Wilson stated that the City of Ottawa not only declared a climate emergency, it also established an action plan called Energy Evolution, approved by council without fanfare during the pandemic, in 2020. It’s a $57-billion strategy with a lot of planned activities. Wilson said most people don’t know anything about it, or the costs involved. “Did you know electricity must become the ‘primary fuel for all building types’, which will require installation of more than half a million heat pumps?,” she asked. “Did

you know there are plans for electric vehicle-only areas in the city and Ottawa vehicle registration fees (in addition to provincial fees)? Did you know that Ottawa will spend almost $1 billion to buy an all-electric bus fleet, without a study on how they will operate in winter weather? And did you know that, Energy Evolution demands 3,200 megawatts of wind power, or 710 huge industrial-scale wind turbines, in the city’s rural areas? “When that last item leaked out to rural residents, several councillors quickly denied it, claiming the statement was just a model. Not so.” The City presented its new Official Plan to rural residents in June 2021 in what Wilson called a sparsely attended virtual event. Alain Miguelez, who was the city’s planning manager at the time, said the city needs new power for its “climate” actions, including wind turbines. Wilson said that Miguelez indicated the power would come from rural and suburban areas. She said that in 2008, a plan was put forward for more than 700 turbines to be built in the OsgoodeManotick-North GowerRichmond area. Wilson said that in Feb-

ruary 2021, City official Mike Fletcher wrote to the Ontario Energy Board to say that Ottawa has “vast rural areas” to use for wind power to achieve Energy Evolution goals. In May 2022, Ottawa staffer Andrea Flowers told the environmental protection committee when asked whether industrial wind turbines were planned, “We have explicitly said that would include renewable energy generation both wind and solar.” “What’s needed as we move into October’s municipal election campaign are questions to all candidates about the city’s action plan and whether candidates are aware of and support the proposals,” Wilson said. “One question might be, where is the cost-benefit analysis? Will banning natural gas and propane furnaces, fireplaces and stoves make a measurable difference to the world? What will be the

cost and benefit of relying on intermittent wind and solar power, and what effect will that have on the reliability and stability of Ottawa’s power grid? “One result will be energy poverty. Estimates are that electricity bills could double, even triple every ten years if we were to rely on wind power, for example, which needs subsidies to attract developers. The complete lack of reference to, or lesson learned from, the province’s own disastrous experience with wind power is worrying: the Ontario Auditor General noted in 2015 that we overpaid for wind power by more than $9 billion, yet the Energy Evolution authors contend the city will profit. How? If costs go up, living here becomes less affordable. An unreliable expensive power grid may cause businesses to reconsider locating here. Jobs may disappear.

TYLER LUKE CAMPBELL May 5, 1995 - August 4, 2012 A sadness still comes over us, tears in silence often flow. Memory keeps you ever near, though you died 10 years ago.

Never to be forgotten and loved always. Auntie Eileen and The Campbell Families

“Will spending $57,000 per person in Ottawa yield any benefits whatsoever at

the global level? How can we afford this? Voters need to know.”

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May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear. How much your family loves and misses you and wish that you were here. A thousand words will not bring you back, we know because we’ve tried. Neither will a thousand tears, we know because we’ve cried. Forever loved and never to be forgotten. Auntie Eileen and The Campbell Families


August 30, 1994 - July 25, 2019 Something will remind me I never know just when, It might be something someone says and it all comes back again. The times we spent together the happiness, the fun. Once again I feel the pain of life without my son. It’s said that time’s a healer I’m not sure this is true. There’s not a day goes by, my Son, that I don’t think of you. Love you to the moon and back! Mommy

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Fo Guang Shan hosts VegRun, announces plans for community centre It was a surprise announcement, and it will make a big difference in the community. The current building housing the Fo Guang Shan Temple on Franktown on the western edge of the village will eventually be repurposed

into a basketball court and a community centre for the entire community to use. The announcement was made during the inaugural Global Veg Run celebration at the temple on Sat., July 16. The International Buddhist Progress Society of

The children of the Fo Guang Shon Temple delivered a spectacular drumming exhibition.

MPP Goldie Ghamari presents a scroll to Abass Yung Ku.

Ottawa-Carleton built the traditional Chinese-style temple more than three years ago. They have a lot of land at their site at 6688 Franktown Road, and have plans for a larger, permanent temple on the site. The current building will be turned into a basketball court and community centre. “This will be something for everyone in the community to use,” said Abass Yung Ku. The Global VegRun is a virtual vegan run to promote vegetarianism and the protection and care of the earth. Close to 200 people attended the event, which included entertainment and a tree planting ceremony. Among the guests who spoke at the event were Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari and Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation Executive Director Dianne Downey. Ghamari presented the Abass with a scroll on behalf of the Province of Ontario commemorating the event. Downey said the foundation is delighted to be working with the temple. “Because so much of the watershed is privately owned, we have to work with our partners to do good things,” she said. “We know that by working together we can bring many lasting and important environmental efforts not only to the Fo Guong Shon Temple, but to the entire watershed community.” Children from the temple provided entertainment for the ceremony.

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The young people of the temple were involved in the tree planting ceremony and delivered a message of protecting the earth.

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Shop Local How to conserve fuel (without giving up driving) With prices so high, many drivers have been looking for any way to save money at the pump. Some may have cut back on driving habits while others might have organized community carpools. Others may have taken to other modes of transportation. For those who have no option but to drive their vehicles, there are ways to reduce fuel consumption without resorting to walking or cycling. Lighten your load How much weight is being carted around in a vehicle can directly affect the amount of gas it consumes. Remove any unnecessary items from the trunk or cargo area of a truck or SUV. Consider removing extra accessories, like roof racks or hitches. Slowly accelerate Resist the urge to “gun it” when coming off a stop light or stop sign, as rapid acceleration wastes gas.

Press the accelerator pedal gently to increase speeds gradually and conserve fuel. Similarly, coast to a stop, rather than slamming on the brakes. Don’t idle Turn off the engine if you will be idling for more than a minute. Idling for longer than that is merely wasting fuel. Modern engines do not need to be warmed up for more than 30 to 60 seconds, even when the weather is cold. Driving will warm up the car faster than idling while parked, provided you drive moderately until the temperature gauge shows the car has reached the right temperature. AC or windows open? While it’s true that the air conditioning will drain fuel when in use, driving with the windows open makes the vehicle less aerodynamic by causing drag. Some experts recommended leaving the windows down during slower, city driving

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This photo by Christine Hill was the winner of the Nature in Kars photo contest.

Brian Warren and Patio Lanterns entertained at the beer garden.

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Village of Kars celebrates its history at 200th anniversary festivities The weather could not have been better as the Village of Kars marked its 200th anniversary sat., July 16. The day began with a pancake breakfast at the Kars Community Centre building and included a softball tournament, an antique car show, events at Trinity and St. Andrew’s churches, an antique car show, boat rides activities for kids, and

an evening beer garden. Kars Recreation Association President Pam Little was the chair of the Kars 200th Anniversary committee. She was quick to thank the team of volunteers that helped make the celebration a success. She posted a photo of the organizing committee on social media and thanked everyone, including Karen Gillingham, Trevor Ward, Susan McKeller,

Tracey St. Louis, Marlene Casey, Darlene Mercer, Brad McMahon, Lana Doxtator, Jeff Adams, Shaun Tolson, Sandy McNeice and Brian Malone. “It was a lot of work and definitely some headaches along the way but it was also fun. Glad everyone had such a great time and that our efforts paid off!,” stated Little.


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A Little Bit of Elliotts By Your Side were the Kars 200th Anniversary softball torunament champions.

The Kars 200th Anniversary committee worked hard to make sure the event was a success.

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Susan McKellar was in the Kars Community Centre building talking to local residents and visitors about the history of the community.

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MANOTICK MESSENGER kars continues from page 22 The celebration also brought some local dignitaries. Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari volunteered at the pancake breakfast, and also participated as she and her staff were set up at the community centre in the morning and later on at Trinity United Church. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson also attended the event and presented a certificate of congratulations to Little, who received it on behalf of the entire community. Watson, who has been a big supporter of the rural villages in South Carleton during his tenure as Mayor, commented to

the Messenger that he was happy to be a part of the celebration and was honoured to be there. The Swords and Ploughshares Museum in Kars was also on hand at the celebration to help bring local history to life. The Swords and Ploughshares Museum is a private military museum focused on the Militiaman and Reservists in the Canadian military at peace and at war. The museum uses vehicles and artifacts to demonstrate how they could be adapted and used by Citizen Soldiers for Christian radio station CHFI and the CHRI Fun Team proboth military and civilian vided music – and energy – at the events at Trinity United purposes. Church.

The Swords and Ploughshares Museum helped bring local history to life.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presents a certificate to Kars Recreation Association President Pam Little in recognition of the village’s 200th anniversary.

The line-up for pancakes was never-ending on Saturday morning.

Doug Culham offered the use of his boat for the boat tours during the 200th anniversary. The tours were narrated by former MP and Rideau Township Mayor Bill Tupper and Sandy McNeice.

Liam Maguire and the Boivin family were among those at the antique car show.

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Boys of Summer! The East Nepean Major Little League Eagles are hosting teams from all over the province this week as the Ontario Major Little League Championships take place at Ken Ross Park in Barrhaven. The local Little League association was originally scheduled to host the tournament in 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19. The winner of the tournament will head to the Canadian championship in Calgary. East Nepean Little League photo/Twitter

The East Nepean Eagles won the Ontario Senior Little League District 2 championships. The Eagles headed to the provincial championship tournament, which was won by Oakville. The Junior Little League Eagles also won the District 2 title, and they are now headed to Cornwall to the Ontario championships. The Eagles will be hosting the Ontario Major Little League Championships in Barrhaven beginning July 23. East Nepean Eagles/Twitter photo